"Chess Goes to School" by Ann Hulbert at Slate.com is one of the most provocative recent pieces devoted to scholastic chess and anticipates some of the points I've been developing in my own long-delayed review of Michael Weinreb's excellent book, The Kings of New York. Check it out and let me know what you think... (Hat tip to Brad Rosen of 64 Square Jungle who alerted me to the piece by email.)
BTW: readers may have noticed that the gap between posts has grown to almost a week of late. That is because of typical end-of-the-semester busy-ness and because I have been struggling for a few weeks with what I now think must be a case of sinusitis (let's hope my doctor agrees and gives me a magic cure!) But I have several things in the works, including the review of The Kings of New York (against the back-drop of "No Child Left Behind"), a long bibliography devoted to the Philidor Defense, and a few analytic projects I'd rather not divulge (especially since some might not pan out). I hope to get the Philidor stuff up by the end of the week.